The term “movie magic” gets thrown around often enough for it to lose its impact. This trailer reminded me of the meaning.
When you reunite Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, chances are you’re going to make some kind of magic happen onscreen. In the not-so-surprising route, the teaser for Damien Chazelle’s La La Land boasts lush imagery to remind you what movies looked like when they had color. The air of romanticism permeates every fiber of its being, harkening back to classic Hollywood. Here’s the synopsis:
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.Summit Entertainment presents, an Imposter Pictures / Gilbert Films production, a Marc Platt production, a Damien Chazelle film.
Maybe it was just me but I had no idea this took place in modern day Los Angeles. This looked destined to take place anywhere between the 1940s and 60s.
Chazelle rightfully received mountains of praise for his extraordinary work on Whiplash. The editing was fluid and precise, not unlike the jazz it conveyed in the story. Looking at Chazelle’s short filmography, it’s easy to conclude he has a love of jazz given the focus on it in his stories. Naturally there is another jazz element in Gosling’s character being a jazz pianist who plays in low end bars.
Why is he playing those bars? Will Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have us fall in love with them falling in love once again? Find out when La La Land opens December 2, 2016.
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